Friday 20th July 2012
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Guide on how to replace oil sump yourself

Estimated time: 1 hour                                            Difficulty: Easy/Medium

Step 1

Begin by jacking up the vehicle, as you will be working underneath the vehicle. It would be best if you could place some blocks underneath the vehicle when it is jacked up, for safety reasons.

Step 2

Place a large container below the oil sump to catch the old oil when you remove the plug. Unscrew the plug and let the oil drain out into the container. Dispose of the oil properly.

Step 3

Remove the oil filter by unscrewing it from the sump. You may need to use grips to remove the filter if it is to tight. You can get specialist grips for this job. When changing the oil sump it is best that you change the oil filter and oil at the same time. There are bolts holding the oil sump to the bottom of the engine, remove these bolts with a wrench or socket set. When you have removed the bolts, the oil sump might be stuck to the block, so a gentle tap with a hammer will help to dislodge it from the block.

Step 4

Once you have removed the old part you will need to check the point of connection to make sure the gasket is not stuck and give this area a good clean. You want a clean surface for the new gasket and sump to connect to.

Fitting the oil sump

The new part should come with a gasket which you will need to apply a silicon sealant to and fit it to the sump. Place some of this silicon sealant to the surface on the bottom of the engine block where these parts will connect and bolt the new sump to the block. Make sure you tighten the bolts securely, remembering not to tighten them to much.

Step 1

Fit the new plug by screwing it on, but if the new part doesn't come with one you can use the old one. Fit the new oil filter by screwing it on by hand, this should be tight enough.

Step 2

Top up the oil with some fresh oil and check the levels with the dip stick. Once satisfied with the levels remove the blocks and let down the jack.

And finally...

Start the engine and then check for leaks around the edge of the sump. This completes the installation.